Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds signs to play in Italy

Posted: August 02, 2010

No team called Scottie Reynolds' name in the NBA draft in June. The Phoenix Suns eventually called the Villanova guard's name for a summer-league spot and an invitation to training camp.

But Prima Veroli, a second-division team in Italy, trumped that, signing him to a 1-year contract that includes some financial guarantees.

"The financial offer was something that blew us out of the water," said Lee Melchionni, one of Reynolds' agents.

Reynolds, the fourth first-team All-America in Villanova history and the Wildcats' second-leading career scorer with 2,222 points, had mulled the Suns' offer, but, Melchionni said, "The financial security that Prima Veroli's offer provides made this a sound decision for Scottie."

Melchionni is an assistant to super-agent Arn Tellem.

The signing was first reported Saturday afternoon by the Daily News via "Sixerville" on

Reynolds, who averaged 18.2 points as a senior, is scheduled to report to training camp Aug. 15, where one of his teammates will be onetime Texas Tech star Jarius Jackson. The Italian season begins in October.

Reynolds approached the NBA draft understanding that he might not be selected, but also understanding that if his name wasn't called in the top 40 picks he was better off not getting chosen at all. That gave him the freedom to control his own destiny.

"Sometimes the NBA draft is based on potential, as opposed to what a player has accomplished," Melchionni said. "In this case, we believe Scottie is an NBA player. It's just a matter of when."

Reynolds, 22, tied former teammate Dante Cunningham with 139 games played in his career. He scored at least 25 points 17 times and finished with 482 assists and 207 steals. He was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Philadelphia Big 5 as a senior.

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